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Frontpage News 2012 Czech airport Karlovy Vary takes important step closer to Schengen compliance

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Czech airport Karlovy Vary takes important step closer to Schengen compliance

  • Czech airport Karlovy Vary takes important step closer to Schengen compliance.

    The Czechs are set to join Schengen and remove border controls of airborne travel within the Schengen area by early 2008. Being situated in the middle of Europe and neighbouring on existing and future Schengen-members, Czech Schengen compliance upgrades are naturally concentrated on international airports such as that outside Karlovy Vary.
    Extensive construction works have been on-going at the Karlovy Vary airport since 2004, and has until now been performed with support from the European Union. The airport upgrade is being done in several stages, and the stage now supported by Norway started this June. The division of Schengen and non-Schengen travellers that Norway is supporting will take place within the existing terminal building, causing minimal disruption to passengers.
    Through the airport expansion, Karlovy Vary aims to ease some of the pressure on Prague airport and also the transit traffic on the 125 kilometer long stretch between the two cities. Karlovy Vary is one of the most popular Czech tourist destinations, and among the foreign visitors heading for the spas around 90 percent come from Russia, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other non-Schengen countries.

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    Modernization of Karlovy Vary Airport – Stage III,Part 1

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Schengen and judiciary


    € 692,147



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project promoter:

    Karlovarský kraj (The Karlovy Vary Region)

    Type of institution:

    Regional Authority

    Project website:


    Project duration:

    15 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,973,629

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    08 June 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to ensure the separation of Schengen and non-Schengen passenger flows airside (including separation of arriving and departing passengers) at the regional airport of Karlovy Vary, with the objective of meeting the requirements of the 'category II' Schengen acquis. Reference is made to the application dated 21 February 2006, as well as to additional information from the Focal Point dated 23 June 2006 and 27 September 2006.

    For this Project, the Region of Karlovy Vary is the Project Promoter. The Project will be implemented in partnership with Letište Karlovy Vary s.r.o.

    The Project will consist of construction works to the interior of the existing terminal building of Karlovy Vary Airport, as well as the purchase of equipment, including a belt conveyor for luggage.

    The Project Promoter shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.